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Diesel Fuel: Why Trucks Use It

Have you ever wondered why trucks opt to use diesel fuel over gasoline? It may seem odd at first that they don’t use the “common” form of fuel. As it turns out, diesel offers some better benefits for trucks than gas does… Diesel Fuel: Why Trucks Use It Efficiency One of the main factors behind why trucks use diesel fuel is because it’s efficient. Diesel offers a lot more energy than gas does. For instance, gas only produces around 125,000 BTU (British thermal units). By comparison, diesel produces about 147,000 BTU. This means diesel is a better choice for trucks, as they need the energy to carry heavy loads. Diesel is also easier on the engine. Diesel engines can run for 12,000 to 30,000 hours before they need maintenance. Gas engines can only run for around 6,000-12,000 hours before they need maintenance. Therefore, truckers can drive for longer without issue. This is crucial considering how many long hauls they have to [...]

By | November 4th, 2019|

Trucker Accessories: What To Bring

Truck drivers have to spend pretty long periods of time driving. As a result, they definitely want to make this experience as comfortable as they can. Keeping some key trucker accessories on hand can help with this goal. Having these items on standby can make those trips just a bit more easier to get through... Trucker Accessories: What To Bring Sunglasses Sunglasses are one of those trucker accessories every driver probably already has. After all, they certainly are a valuable tool for you. A good pair of sunglasses will help cut down on any incoming glare made by the sun. That way, it'll be much easier for you to see, especially on those very bright days. Plus, they also come with a secondary benefit. Harsh sunlight can cause people to feel a lot more fatigued and exhausted than they would normally. Plus, it can also lead to things like headaches. Therefore, not only do sunglasses help you see better, they also [...]

By | October 5th, 2019|

Desert Hauls: How They Differ

It's not uncommon for truck drivers to make trips all across the country. Of course, that means you'll have to experience all sorts of different climates. One type of trip which truckers struggle with tends to be desert hauls. There's a few things about these trips you'll want to keep in mind... Desert Hauls: How They Differ Varying temperatures Desert hauls are infamous for the temperatures they bring. Everyone knows about the heat: temperatures are commonly very high and the air is always humid. In fact, it's not uncommon for the metal of your truck to become dangerous to touch! This means you have to prepare for being in this heat for long periods of time. However, there's also the fact that deserts get frigidly cold at night, especially during the winter. A common mistake drivers make is packing for just the heat, leaving them freezing when the cold rolls around. Therefore, make sure you properly pack for both extremes. Lack [...]

By | October 3rd, 2019|

Tire Maintenance: What To Check

Your tires are an important part of your car. After all, you'd be going nowhere without your tires. However, drivers also tend to overlook them, which often times leads to accidents. As a result, it's important to practice good tire maintenance. Thankfully, this maintenance isn't all that complicated... Tire Maintenance: What To Check Tire pressure Your tire pressure is an important part of tire maintenance. As you drive, your car's tires gradually lose their air pressure over time. This lack of pressure ends up reducing the overall effectiveness of the tires. In fact, under-inflated tires drastically increase a driver's chances of getting into an accident. Therefore, it helps to check your tire pressure at least once a month. Your car's manual and tire placard should both have the recommended PSI level for your tires listed. Properly inflated tires are also a good way to improve your overall fuel efficiency. The treads It's also important to check your tire's treads when performing [...]

By | September 28th, 2019|

Bad Driving Habits: What To Avoid

With how expensive cars can be, it makes sense you want to treat it right. However, what if you were causing damage to your car, and worst of all, had no idea about it? Practicing some common bad driving habits could mean you've been doing just that. If you've been doing these habits, it's best to break them ASAP... Bad Driving Habits: What To Avoid Riding the brakes downhill Riding your brakes when heading downhill doesn't seem like it would be considered under bad driving habits. After all, isn't it better to control your speed when heading down an incline? The reality of the situation is you could be setting yourself up for brake failure in the future. When riding your brakes, your brake pads will generate a lot of friction. Eventually, this will wear away at the pads, and cause them to stop working as well, or at all. It's much better for your car to just anticipate any upcoming [...]

By | September 21st, 2019|

Trucking Tech: How It Helps

The trucking industry of today is much different from how it used to be. One reason for this is because of improvements of trucking tech. These technological strides have helped make a trucker's job much easier. In fact, there's a few key improvements which have really helped... Trucking Tech: How It Helps ELDs One helpful piece of trucking tech has been ELDs, or Electronic Logging Devices. These devices are so important, that they have been made a requirement for all truck drivers. Like the name implies, these devices mainly are used to log a trucker's trips. An ELD connects to the truck's engine, and tracks when it's in motion. These devices are very helpful because they allow for truckers to easily see their daily driving hours. Before these devices, truckers had to fill out all this information by hand. As you can imagine, this was both costly and time-consuming. Now, thanks to these devices, truckers save around 20 years of driving [...]

By | September 12th, 2019|

Construction Zones: Staying Safe

As a truck driver, you're going to have to go through some pretty tricky driving areas. One of the most common ones tends to be construction zones. While they can seem pretty difficult at first, some key tips can help you navigate these spaces with a little more ease... Construction Zones: Staying Safe Keep your eyes peeled When entering construction zones, you'll have a lot of things grabbing your attention. There will be signs, other cars, and of course the workers themselves. As a result, it's important to keep your eyes focused on these things instead of other potential distractions. Posted signs can help give you a heads up of what to expect when driving through the work zone. This might be things like single lanes, or "flaggers" who will be directing traffic. Plus, the other cars on the road will have to make adjustments as well. That's why it's much safer to keep your eyes on the road instead of [...]

By | September 5th, 2019|

Improve Fuel Efficiency

Fuel can be one of the most costly parts of any trucker's trip budget. Therefore, it makes sense that you'd want to look for ways to improve fuel efficiency. As it turns out, there's a few things you can do to cut down on the time (and money) you spend at the pump... Improve Fuel Efficiency Properly plan your routes Any driver wants to take the most efficient route. Of course, this is true for truckers as well. You don't want to be stuck on the road for any longer than you have to. Still, finding that perfect mix of time and distance can be tricky. However, if you properly do so, then not only can you save some time on your trips, but you can also improve fuel efficiency. One easy and handy way to do this is by using a GPS. With most phones having GPS apps on them, it's very easy for you to plug in your destination [...]

By | August 31st, 2019|

Mountain Driving: Keeping Control

As a truck driver, you might have to drive in a wide variety of places on your hauls. If there's one area that can prove to be tricky, it's mountain driving. With their narrow lanes and varying angles, it can be a bit of a challenge. However, there are some ways you can make these areas a bit more manageable... Mountain Driving: Keeping Control Watch the grade One of the key rules of mountain driving is to pay attention to the grade of the mountain. The grade is just another way to refer to the mountain's slope. The grade can let you know just how steep you can expect the mountain to be, and prepare accordingly. Most mountain roads will have their grades posted along side them. These signs will also let you know what kind of speed you should stay at while going downhill. However, if you aren't sure of what a mountain's grade is, don't try and guess it. [...]

By | August 29th, 2019|

Trip Budget: Save Money On Hauls

As a truck driver, you might feel that you have no choice but to spend money on your trips. Between food, gas, clothes, and more, it can get pretty expensive pretty fast, especially on long hauls. However, there are ways you can save some money in your trip budget. These methods can help you not break the bank and make your trips a bit easier too... Trip Budget: Save Money On Hauls Bring your own food Considering how you're constantly driving, fast food is an appealing option for many drivers. This food is cheap, easy to find, and can be eaten straight in your cab. However, besides the negative health effects that come with eating fast food, it can also add up very quickly. For example, spending $8 on lunch every day translates to $50 a week, and nearly $3,000 a year! That's why it can be a good idea to include bringing your own food in your trip budget. For [...]

By | August 21st, 2019|